Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sweet Magnolias Farm ~ Limited stock left for our Valentine Flour Sack Towels

I just wanted to give a quick shout out for those who have been taking the time contemplating one of our New Valentine Flour Sack Towels for yourself or for a gift...
We are down to limited stock on 2 of the towels that is regarding the ruffle choice.

The above and below towel .. "Love is" and "Homegrown Love" .. each only have 2 available with the ruffle choice that is shown in these pictures ..the cute red with white circles bottom we only have enough left to make 2 each of these towel with ... and are unable to order more . So if you are lovin this cute fabric paired with the aqua dot ... make sure you get in on these last 4 available...

After these 4 are sold we will be offering the towel designs still just with a different under ruffle ... and we do offer all the Valentine Towels with a choice of Double White Ruffles if you prefer .you can make that choice when checking out ..
And don't forget the cute "Made with Love" towel ... there are still a fair quantity of those left too !

You can find all of our offerings including the Valentine Flour Sack Towels ....HERE

Countdown to Valentines Day only 13 Days left ...


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Free Valentine Printables @ the Beehive Cottage

Tie up your VaLenTinE   ....

With Some Free Printables over at Mary Janes "Beehive Cottage" 
Mary Jane has some of the most darling vintage ephemera offerings that she recreates into the most darling gift tags, Clipboards, and Garlands ... that you can purchase in her Etsy shop HERE

However if you are wanting to work on some of your own creative projects for Valentines gifts for the Kiddos ..or at work for your Co-Workers .. etc ... then hop on over to the Beehive Cottage for some of Mary Janes Free Printables she's offering.
You just can't go wrong with FREE , now can ya !

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake ... Mmmm Mmmm Good ~ In the Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm

Well it's that time again ...
Time for
~N~ the Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm...
Today we decided to try a recipe that we have been longing to taste for some time now ...
Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting ...
Once again this recipe we are offering up today is easy to make ..and all the ingredient are easily found at your local grocery store ...

Vegetable Shortening & Flour for
Preparing Pans
3 cups all purpose flour
2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
4-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ( we used Nestle Dark Dutch Process Cocoa)

1-1/3 cups of Vegetable oil, Canola Oil or ( We used Corn Oil it's what was in the Cupboard)

1-1/2 cups buttermilk
3 large eggs
1-1/2 cups freshly brewed extra-strong hot coffee
( we used instant coffee ..since we are not coffee drinkers it's all we had.. We are sure different coffees will have a definite effect on the taste)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1-1/2 cups (Heavy) Whipping Cream



First off you will want to Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 9-inch round layer cake pans; lightly grease the pans with shortening and dust with flour. ...(Abbey and I ended up taking 2 of our small round glass bowls that are oven proof and filled them with some of the batter in order 2 make 2 small personal size Gift Cakes... This still left enough batter for a complete 9 x 13 Cake pan.) ( The small bowls were approx. 4 inches in diameter by 5 inches tall)

(Tip: to make baked cake easier to remove from pan, lightly grease the pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, and then lightly grease the top of the parchment paper and dust the pan with flour.)

To Make the Batter:

In a large bowl we combined the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder; sift or whisk together to mix the dry ingredients.  Using an electric mixer on low speed, add oil, buttermilk and eggs; mix well. Add hot coffee in a thin stream, pouring down the side of the bowl. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly.  Add vanilla and mix until batter is smooth.
Once the batter was complete ... 
It's time to Bake our Cake: 

Start by Spooning the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the surface with the back of a large spoon. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a long toothpick, wooden skewer, or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place pans on a wire cooling rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes then remove cake from the pans and place the cake on the wire cooling rack to finish cooling.

We simply inserted a knife around the edges of the glass dish carefully as not to puncture or damage the cake by cutting into it so that it would release easier and turn out onto the rack for cooling..

Below is the cake after it cooled and wasn't covered in it's ganache yet turned out to be such a beautiful cake ..that we wanted you to see it before being dressed ...

Next it's Time to make the yummy Ganache Frosting .....

To make the Ganache:

In top of a double boiler, combine chocolate and heavy whipping cream. Place pan over simmering water (the upper pan should not touch the water.) Heat and stir the chocolate and cream together until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

(Tip: If you don't have a double boiler that's o.k. it's simple to create your own with just a sauce pan and a bowl ..Create a double boiler by filling a saucepan with 2 inches of water and heat to simmering. Place a stainless steel, ceramic, or glass bowl on top of the simmering water, the upper pan should not touch the water.)

( We used a package of our Semi-Sweet Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips) I imagine the cake will take on a different chocolate flavor depending on the brand of Semi-Sweet Chocolate you use. As I can say from experience there is a huge difference in taste between Ghiradelli semis and Toll House Semis... Ghiradelli tends to be more to the dark chocolate side which is our favorite.

Remove from heat; cool to room temperature and ganache becomes thick enough to easily spread.

(Tip: Place bowl in a larger bowl of ice water to speed cooling and thickening, stirring Ganache as it cools. )

Once Your Ganache has cooled it's time to start frosting your cake ...

Using an offset spatula, that is if you have one ... Or a butter knife or Plastic Spatula will work too...  spread ganache between layers and over top and sides of cake.

We cut our small cakes in 1/2 and added the Gananche frosting to the center for a yummy bite of goodness ...

We didn't cut the tops off our cakes .. we left the wonderful domed cracked tops on and frosted right over them and they came out absolutely Beautiful ...! or so we Think !

See the Ganache in the center of the cake slice ... we recommend adding the center layer of ganache.. The cakes is absolutely moist and delicious but the combination of the cake and ganache in each bite is what makes this cake absolutely wonderful.

Lastly we just wanted to share with you how much cake this Batter makes ... we were able to make our 2 small personal size gift cakes and a full 9 x 13 Cake as well .. This would serve a few families with ease !!!


Well We all dug in to try this new recipe ...and to our delight we have another winner here at the farmhouse ..We must admit with as dark and chocolaty looking as it was we were expecting this extravagantly deep rich chocolate flavor ..but to our delight this cake has a very light chocolate taste. Between the Buttermilk in the cake batter and the Heavy Whipping Cream in the Ganache it really lightens the Chocolate Flavor . This cake is Unbelievably Moist ..and has just the right density to it ..not too heavy and not too airy ... !
This recipe takes about an hour to complete ..and I'm sure with practice can be finished quicker... it's well worth the hour it takes and We're sure you will enjoy it...
What a perfect way to say "I Love you" for Valentines day !
From our Kitchen to yours ...


Friday, January 25, 2013

Our Daily Bread ~ it's time to Rise n' Shine Psalm 143:8

"Our Daily Bread"
Yesterday Morning as I arose ..I once again opened my "Jesus Calling" devotional and read the day's devotion. And Before I stepped away from my bed I read a scripture that was given to me many years ago and has been an encouragement to me for many years ...
It's a scripture that is tucked away in the book of Pslams ...and possibly is read over without much meaning ... as it doesn't correlate with any special story in the bible that is told ..or isn't one I have heard spoken of in Church on a regular basis ...but it touched my heart at a time in life when I needed to know that the Lord was with me every moment.. and that If I kept me eyes on him ...he would guide me throughout my day.
I thought I would share this favorite scripture of mine with all of you ..that it might touch your heart as it did mine ...
"Let the Morning bring me word of your unfailing Love, for I have put my trust in you, Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul."
Pslam 143:8
It meant and still means a lot to me to wake up and know that even when I awake in the morning through his word I am surrounded by the "UNFAILING" LOVE of the Lord ..his love never fails. And that I can call on him each morning and tell him that I have put my trust in him for the day for the week for the month for my life ....and call on him to direct me to show me to make my path straight ... because to him I give myself soul life ...
For a long while I must admit I cried this out to the Lord when life was bleak and uncertain .. and he heard me and answered in his perfect timing not mine and that season of life passed as I have learned all seasons do .. and now each morning I read this scripture which reminds me of where I was and where I have come because of him .. and it reminds me to put my Trust in him ..and His Unfailing Love will always be there to hold me in times of sadness or despair and to be Joyful in my times of Joy and Happiness ... He is always there ...
Wishing you all a Life Filled with His Unfailing Love...

P.S. .... There is only 2 days left to enter the SUGARPIE FARMHOUSE FREE GIVEAWAY
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Nice Day Away At the Mammabellarte Soldering Class

I must admit I don't get out all that often ..between being a true Homebody in every sense of the word .. I spend my days working most of the time which I do admit I enjoy. When you Love what you do work isn't so wearisome however it is rather nice to have a day away every now and again ..
I was so blessed to be asked to come and help Rita of Mammabellarte with her Saturday Soldering Class . She had a full house of ladies 9 in all
All the Ladies came for a full day of fun ..learning how to make and  solder 2 styles of Necklaces ..Rita's Bubble Charm and her Message in a Bottle Charm Necklace...

It was a full day starting at 9 in the morning and lasting until 4:30 that afternoon ... with a Lunch Break around noon where are tastebuds were tempted by all the lovely dishes the gals brought for a good old fashioned pot luck.
Everyone did an amazing job at soldering .. their charms and their necklaces came out beautifully .. everyone hung their necklaces together for this Lovely photograph below ...

Nancy and Jaqueline ..Mother and Daughter did an awesome job and were an absolute delight to spend the day creating with ..

Thanks again Rita for the invite to help you with class I thoroughly enjoyed it and thanks for letting me participate and create my own soldered necklaces ..!!!
If you would like to take one of Rita's Classes and learn to Solder and create your own charms ...visit her Blog HERE and check out the Sidebar for her soldering classes ..
Credit for photos goes to Cynthia Shaffer... Checkout her photo classes HERE
Until next time...wishing you ..

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pork Tenderloin Roast ~ Good Old Fashioned Cooking ~ " In the Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm"

This Week in the Kitchen ..we've been cookin up some more "Good Old Fashioned Cooking" ..
just the way we like it here at the Farmhouse !
So here at the farmhouse we have always been pork chops kind of gals ..well I should say kind of been anyhow. It's just a staple we always grew up eating ..but I must admit pork chops were just never my favorite. It always seemed they were either dry or tough or what I call chewy ... no matter if we cooked em on high really fast or slow in the oven like the recipes said ..for me I just never cared for them...
So lately we've been adding some new fixins to our dinner menu and we decided to give the pork tenderloin roast a try ..I had heard how good and Juicy and tender it was and thought this had to be the answer for me to replace pork chops...and I'm happy to say it was just the thing .. this is without a doubt a new recipe that will be part of our dinner menu from now on..
I absolutely love the Pork Tenderloin and to boot it was very simple to prepare and very simple to cook which is pretty much what most of us farm gals are lookin for anyhow .. I must admit that Abbey does the cookin ..I help a bit here and there and of course I eat it and tell her yea or neigh ....Now some of you may have cooked pork tenderloin for years and already know about the wonderful ways to prepare it and the yummy goodness it is ...but for those of you who may have felt intimidated by this long piece of meat and thought it may get a strangle hold on you before you got a chance to cook it ..well no worries this was a breeze to cook.
We did a dry rub Style Pork Tenderloin ..
And for your ingredients you'll need:
pork tenderloin
Garlic Powder
Ground Black Pepper
Sea Salt
Olive Oil
First off Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F
Then it's time to Prepare your Pork... Our tenderloin came in 2 halves so we used a couple toothpicks pushed into the ends to hold the pork together.
Then we added the garlic powder, pepper, and salt by sprinkling on the pork and Patting / rubbing in. on all sides of the pork. Simply prepare in a 9 x 13 glass or metal cake pan .. Makes for an easy way to turn the meat and rub in the seasoning and an easy way to clean up afterwards.
Then Heat a Large Sautee Pan or Cast Iron Skillet on high heat with 2-3 teaspoons of Olive Oil... When the oil is shimmering add Your Tenderloin.. this will begin the carmelization process to create a wonderful crust on the outside of the meat. Cook and Turn until browned on all sides this should take a total of about 3 minutes per side. During the browning process applying pressure to the meat with your tongs and tilting the pan to brown the pork in the oil is a big help.

Then ... Leaving the Pork in your Skillet .. (be sure your skillet is ovenproof and won't melt the handle, Cast Iron is great for this reason)  Place in your oven and bake for 5 to 15 minute or until the pork reaches approx. 145 degrees on your meat thermometer and remove from the oven and let rest 3 to 5 minutes before cutting. The resting period is one important step .. this allows the juices to evenly distribute through the meat ..rather than cutting it and having them all run out and losing that wonderful flavor.
And that's it .. Your Pork Tenderloin is ready to be cut and served !!!

Simply slice your tenderloin ..always slicing it at a slight angle with the grain of the meat is a good idea ... However I have cut it just straight through and it's tasted delicious to me ... but I do understand that the experts say that cutting it with the grain allows the meat to have a more tender chewing experience.

We served our tenderloin with Homemade Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans Boiled in water with a  few teaspoons of bacon drippings and Salt and Pepper to taste .. and some Beautiful Brown Pork Gravy .. which was simply delicious !

From our Farmhouse to yours we Wish you many Good Eats ...!

Have any questions about this weeks recipe just ask and we'll be glad to answer !

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Music to my Ears ..Sunshine to my Soul.... The Quebe Sisters

This last Saturday Night I was delighted to find a new singing and instrumental group that mix several of they styles in music that I love .. While watching Larry's Country Diner on the Family Network ...
First off If you haven't seen Larry's Country Diner It's a great little 1 hour Talk show set up just like an Old Fashioned Country/ 50's Diner Inside and the Guests sit at tables and are served Good Eats while the show takes place. Each Week a great Country or Western or Instrumental Music group is featured and shares their music ..While Larry (the host) always opens the show with the Daily Word ..which I really love. And during the show side kick Nadine, a Sweet Granny that has some cute one liners and brings some fun and lightheartedness to the show is positively delightful ! 
Well that's my description of it anyhow and  I hope it does it some Justice . If you have the Family Network Channel check for when Larry's Country Diner airs In your neck of the woods and give it a whirl ..
Anyhow ..the Quebe Sisters From Denton, TX were on Larry's Country Diner last week and they were positively stunning..
They started off as an instrumental bad with their Fiddles .. playing western swing and vintage country ..
And have now added their 3 part harmony and was it ever harmonious !
Beside how beautiful they are ..their music is really Sunshine to the Soul ..
I was raised on Country Music and Old time Western Swing .. I remember the Rug being pulled back from the wood floors in our house in my teen years and a little western swing turned on and my parents 2 stepping across the living room.
At an early age I found a love for the vintage 1940's Women's Harmony groups ... and
When you get the Quebe sisters you get wonderful combination of Western Swing a little 1940's Harmony and some Awesome Fiddle Playing !

I'll be grabbing me their New CD .... It'll be a joy to do a little toe tapping to their music during my days of work at the sewing machine...
You can visit their website and sample their music HERE


Monday, January 14, 2013

A Few SMF Originals I just Finished ...

Nowadays Work is so busy that it's a rarity that I can take some time out and work on a few original pieces. And I can tell you when I do get those moments it's a true pleasure.
Yesterday was one of those days that I laid aside the afternoon to work on a few Original designs and in between Abbey and I whipped up the yummy Rustic Chocolate Pie.
It really was such a Nice day and I thoroughly enjoyed it ...
So here's a couple of the Pieces I worked on and completed ...
 This so sweet and Charming Clothespin Bag .. Made from a Vintage White Matelassé Bedspread remnant ... With our Sparrow and Clothespins design just below the pocket. This one just Say's "Happy" all over it don't you think. I love the White with the contrast of the Red and Aqua Floral ruffle ..and the pops of Red tattered Flowers....

And For those of you that love The Rustic ..and the Romantic .. I designed this original .. again it is made from a vintage matelassé bedspread remnant ..and is Beautifully adorned with Rustic Burlap Fibers creating the outer border and the Birds Nest. The nest has been filled with 3 Mother of Pearl buttons and tendrils of aged ribbon spill over the vintage lace and natural muslin ruffles at the bottom.
This Bag I designed in a more if you will "Generic" style that way it could be used as a Lingerie bag, or in a bathroom with a few towels tucked inside ..or with some stationary kept inside hanging near a desk ..or for that special day a Wedding ..used as a Card Tuck ...
Well I just had to share these 2 new originals with you all ..and the joy it was to create them yesterday ..
And Yes they are now both available in the Sweet Magnolias Farm Etsy shop for your pleasure .. HERE  
Wishing you all a Beautiful Day ... Full of much Joy !

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rustic Chocolate Pie ...Down Home Goodness .."In The Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm"

We've been bakin up some Down Home Goodness here at the Farmhouse and if you're a die hard Chocolate Fan ...Like we are ..well your Gonna love this "Rustic Chocolate Pie" NO Foolin !
Abbey and I are teaming up to begin bringing you "In the Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm"...
We will have periodical posts sharing recipes taste tested and SMF approved here at the farmhouse kitchen .... Our Recipes are for the average woman .. with the average kitchen ingredients ..
And this week we are starting off with the most scrumptious "Rustic Chocolate Pie" Found on BHG.. and pinned to our "Watcha Got Cookin" Board on Pinterest ...
Rustic Chocolate Pie
Ingredients You'll Need to have...
  • 3/4
    cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt
  • 5
    tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 - 2
    tablespoons cold water
  • 6
    ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (not to exceed 62 percent cacao), coarsely chopped
  • 2
    egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/8
    teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2
    teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4
    cup sugar
  • 1/8
    teaspoon salt
  • 3/4
    cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 3
    tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • Chocolate shavings (optional)
First you start off with Unsalted Butter , Flour, Salt and Water to begin the creation of your homemade Pie Crust .... Now don't be scared away into thinking you can't make a pie crust ..this is so simple and easy that you just can mess it up ... so stick with us here ...
1. To make crust, in bowl thoroughly mix flour and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cut butter in chunks and add to bowl. With two knives or pastry blender, cut butter into flour, tossing to coat with flour until largest pieces are size of pine nuts and remaining resemble coarse bread crumbs. As you work, scrape flour up from bottom of bowl, and scrape butter from knives or pastry blender. Do not let butter melt or blend completely into flour. Drizzle 1-1/2 Tbsp. cold water over flour mixture while tossing and mixing, until just moist enough to hold together when pressed. Add remaining water if needed. Turn out on plastic wrap. Gather into flank disk, pressing in any loose pieces. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
2. Position rack in lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Let dough stand 30 minutes at room temperature, or until pliable enough to roll without cracking. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 14x9-inch oval, about 1/8 inch thick, rotating and dusting with flour to prevent sticking. Brush excess flour from dough; fold in half to transfer to a piece of parchment slightly larger than dough. Unfold dough. Loosely fold and roll edge, without pressing, to form rimmed crust. Place parchment with pastry on baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until light golden brown (crust edge will be a little raw inside).
(TIP: ..Our crust didn't come out quite as big as the directions say ..but here at the farmhouse were not much on perfection we just made it to the size it rolled out to and it was just fine !)
Also this isn't a big Pie .. we would consider it a pie for 4 Adults....
(P.S. you could form the crust into a heart and roll the edges ..that would be cute for Valentines Day)
3. Meanwhile for filling, melt chocolate in microwave on 50 percent power (medium) about 2 minutes. Stir frequently until chocolate is almost completely melted. Remove from microwave. Stir until melted; set aside.
( TIP: We used Ghiradelli semi -sweet chocolate chips.. they are more to the dark chocolate side and we love dark chocolate)

4. In bowl beat egg whites with cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and 1/8 tsp. salt. Beat until whites are stiff but not dry. Pour pecans and melted chocolate over whites; fold with spatula until batter is uniform color.

(TIP: Here we improvised ..I (sara) am allergic to nuts ..and I'll admit I'm just a plain jane kinda gal when it comes to extras we folded in the chocolate by itself to start with )

In the Meantime Flossie stopped in at the Kitchen with a piece of cardboard she stole from my bedroom .. I had just opened a new blanket for my bed and left the cardboard laying on the floor and forgot to pick it up ..well my girl didn't disappoint me and found the cardboard ..and tried trading it off with us...." her crust for ours "...


5. Remove crust from oven. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F. Dollop filling on crust. Spread to 1/2 inch thick. Bake 10 minutes, or until surface looks dry and slightly cracked (fudgy inside). Cool on baking sheet on rack. Serve warm or cool. Cover and refrigerate after 2 hours or up to 24 hours. To serve, sprinkle pine nuts and chocolate shavings. Makes 10 servings.

We removed the crust from the oven which came out beautifully golden brown and took 1/2 the filling and dolloped it on 1/2 the crust ...

Then ..Abbey ad Papa Fred .. like Coconut we added coconut into the remaining 1/2 of the chocolate filling and dolloped that onto the second 1/2 of the crust ... ( you could add in any extras you like ..whatever you have as a favorite) 

We then followed the directions and put the pie back in the oven for 10 minutes ended up being more like 12 or 15 minutes for us I'm sure the time slighty varies with each individuals oven.. and removed as said when the pie looked dry and slighty cracked ...
And it came out Beautiful ... Abbey and I Love the Rustic Free Form Farmhouse Style of this pie .. it's a no perfection dessert and it's perfect for those of us who just aren't good at perfect ...
And here it is Right out of the oven ...


The first piece was cut away to reveal the gooey dark chocolate center and the amazingly flaky crust  ...

We served up a piece to each of us and dug in ...wondering was it going to be scrumptious goodness or  Not ?

Without a Doubt it was POSITIVELY  and ABSOLUTELY  the most delicious Down Home Goodness .. ! .. A deep dark rich chocolate light and so smooth ..and the crust so buttery and so flaky was like a light chocolate cloud that melted in your mouth ...  Needless to say we all cleaned our plates and this will become a New "Sweet Magnolias Farm" Staple we'll be servin up to Friends, Family and Guests for years to come ! ..
And for all Y'all that have a Sweetheart or a Sweet Friend you like to serve up somthin special to ..this would make a divine Valentine's Dessert ! ... and you can say it was ...
(Towel can be found  HERE)
If you have any questions regarding the baking of the Rustic Chocolate Pie just leave us a comment and we'll be glad to answer !
(Next time in the Kitchen ...we'll be cookin up a homemade Meal ..Pork Tenderloin ..Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.. a good Down Home Meal )